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Published: 2014/05/31

Jack White Issues An Apology

Jack White has been making a good bit of headlines lately, and few of them have had much to do with his music. As previously reported, the famed rocker recently spoke about his strained relationship with former White Stripes bandmate Meg White, as well as his apparent distaste for The Black Keys and a few other artists, such as Lana Del Ray and Adele. Now, it looks like White is trying to clear the air and explain his recent comments with a lengthy apology, which was published today on his website.

The statement reads:

It seems like it’s becoming obvious that to continue the activities I have planned for the rest of my year as a musician, and not be hounded by nonsense throughout those experiences, I should make a statement to clear up a lot of the negativity surrounding things I’ve said or written, despite the fact that I loathe to bring more attention to these things.

I felt in a way forced into talking about very private opinions of mine that are very much in the realm of “behind the curtain” show business conversations, and things to do with my own family and friends. These are things I never talked about publicly, but through the actions of lawyers trying to villainize me in a private legal scenario, my private letters were made public for reasons I still don’t understand. They contained comments that were part of a much bigger scenario that is difficult to elaborate on, and also one that I really shouldn’t have to explain as it was personal and private in nature.

There are a lot of things that only people around me can know about or understand, but despite all of that I want to say this: I wish the band the Black Keys all the success that they can get. I hope the best for their record label Nonesuch who has such a proud history in music, and in their efforts to bring the Black Keys songs to the world. I hope for massive success also for their producer and songwriter Danger Mouse and for the other musicians that their band employs. Lord knows that I can tell you myself how hard it is to get people to pay attention to a two piece band with a plastic guitar, so any attention that the Black Keys can get in this world I wish it for them, and I hope their record stays in the top ten for many months and they have many more successful albums in their career.

Remarks I’ve made about the state of the music business and about how certain acts create new markets in the minds of music lovers are also very difficult to clarify without exacerbating the issue. In an attempt to not give the music magazine Rolling Stone a “no comment,” because I thought they would use that to convey some sort of pettiness on my part, I decided to try to explain a tiny portion of what they were asking. But, they are the type of comments that are to be made to producers, engineers, and managers who thoroughly understand the behind-the-scenes of what we do all day long. I should’ve been smarter to know that it would be pointless to use comparisons like I did to readers who most likely don’t understand the scenario and that my words would seem very negative in nature. That’s not me trying to sound like I’m above anyone, it was just “shop talk” and it sounded a lot more negative than it was meant to.

I wish no slight to the talents of Winehouse, Duffy, Lana del Rey, and Adele. All of whom are wonderful performers with amazing voices. I have their records and I hope for more success for them all as the years go on. They deserve all they’ve gotten. And, I also would love to state that I personally find it inspiring to have powerful, positive female voices speaking out and creating at all times in the mainstream, and all of those singers do just that, so I thank them.

Meg White, who I also talked about to Rolling Stone about our working conversations, or lack thereof, is, of course, a musician I’ve personally championed for 15 years. She is a strong female presence in rock and roll, and I was not intending to slight her either, only to explain how hard it was for us to communicate with our very different personalities. This got blown out of proportion and made into headlines, and somehow I looked like I was picking on her. I would never publicly do that to someone I love so dearly. And, there are mountains of interviews where my words are very clear on how important I think she is to me and to music.

We live in a sound bite, sensationalized age. The “non apology” has become a lawyer’s dodge for celebrities themselves, given to a public that usually doesn’t want to hear it as it disrupts the tabloid “dirt” that we all want to occur. Because the conversations I’ve had that have been made public and recontextualized are difficult to clarify without making it seem even more petty and strange, this is an apology to anyone I’ve offended with my comments about my creativity, their creativity, and the music business in general. I wish for a long, fruitful, healthy family of creative people to continue to grow around me and the musicians I work with, the city of Nashville, America and the world of listeners that this music can reach.

Anyone who can get people to pay attention for more than a second with musical notes in this age, or any age for that matter, deserves credit and applause. Thank you for reading all of this and I hope that the nonsense started by lawyers and strangers to me and perpetuated by tabloid journalism can be left behind, and all of the musicians can move forward in positivity. So, God bless the Black Keys, Danger Mouse, Adele, Meg White, and anyone else I’ve spoken about, and thank you for understanding. Good fortune to all of them, and I’m sorry for my statements hurting anyone.

Jack White


There are 12 comments associated with this post

jesse lowell May 31, 2014, 13:40:38

I have friends who “don’t get” jack white..he is all over
the one of the reasons I like his work
.not all of one likes everything an artist does.
Any hoo, I’d be honored to be on his record label as long as I assume he’d allow the artists’ creative freedom to be unfettered within reason .
So ,four song ep twice a year .
Where do I sign.
Jack white is a great.artist.unpredictable .there is always 3 to four songs on each album that are great songs not just good.
Jesse Lowell Brown and The Poly SigHs

Cold Stream May 31, 2014, 16:16:52

I know nothing about Jack White, but read the Rolling Stone article, a mag I generally don’t read—but I was in the airport perusing. I came away thinking much positive thoughts about Mr. White—to the point that I may pick up an album. I didn’t find anything he said off the mark. After reading this apology, I think even more of him.

norma stitz May 31, 2014, 20:01:59

who the fuck could read that long drivel

Space May 31, 2014, 21:38:24

Get over yourself.

eotw June 1, 2014, 09:23:51

Nothing he’s done has mattered since the Stripes ended.

Apology? June 1, 2014, 10:11:00

Shouldn’t this guy shut his face and play some music? He needs to apologize for the bullshit he is putting out with Neil Young from his restored portable record booth first. Nothing he could say is as arrogant and offensive as that bullshit artistic endeavor. Great guitarist, complete dipshit.

Blooby June 1, 2014, 10:23:23

Not much of a fan, and I went into that with negative headspace. I must admit that was an articulate, and his voice came through. Must be a drag to live in a fishbowl.

Joshua Katt June 1, 2014, 11:07:38

Really? Seriously? Who is this clown and why should I care? Bring back Furthur!

WHATAWANKER! June 2, 2014, 09:36:01

Jack white is a wanker! Has a shitty voice and is a premadonna! Fuck him!(although the chick is the dead wheather is hott)

Joshua Katt June 2, 2014, 14:09:05

Forgot he was part of that horrible phone booth thing with Neil Young. He should be dismissed for that alone…

J Rich June 4, 2014, 19:32:02

Who really cares! I bet Derek and a Warren laugh at guys like this…

The Dude June 10, 2014, 15:41:59

I live in the past, because that’s where the music was good. If it isn’t Sly Stone, Marley, or Sublime and there style of funk, reggae, ska, punk, then I don’t give a shit. Dude’s got a point though. There are full hour or half hour TV shows dedicated to the next twitter, or sound bite that can get the people salivating. Jack, take a trip back to Ron Burgundy’s time and be a man and tell them all to eat a dick because you spoke how you felt. 1st amendment shit brah!

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